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A new lightweight Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE concept car will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show

The Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE lightweight concept car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month. No pictures are available yet, but Peugeot has confirmed that the supermini boasts a headline CO2 emissions figure of 49g/km and yet can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 8.0 seconds.

Built by Peugeot and oil company Total, the 208 HYbrid FE is designed to capitalise on the research conducted by both firms into better aerodynamics, weight saving and drivetrains.

Starting with the current Peugeot 208 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp, which emits 99g/km of CO2 and gets from 0-62mph in 14 seconds, the HYbrid FE will feature a more aerodynamic design with a much lower co-efficient of drag than the production model. Special tyres and wheels will contribute to reduce rolling resistance.

Peugeot has also worked on weight reduction, replacing body panels and windows with carbon-fibre reinforced composite and polycarbonate materials respectively to cut 200kg from the current production 208's 975kg kerbweight.

Finally, the powertrain has been upgraded. The 68bhp three-cylinder petrol engine gets a revised combustion cycle, as well as reduced weight and friction. This is connected to an EGC automated manual gearbox which incorporates an electric motor and a battery taken directly from Peugeot's endurance racing programmes.

The Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE will be shown on a large Peugeot stand at Geneva, which will include 31 cars. Among them will be the new Peugeot 2008 and a hybrid version of the 2008, which uses the new PSA HYbrid Air compressed air hybrid technology to return a potential 140mpg.

Also on display will be the Onyx concept shown at the Paris Motor Show last year, and more luxurious 208 XY. The new Peugeot 208 GTi (pictured) will also be on display, alongside the firm's new R5-class rally challenger, the Peugeot 208 T16.
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